They heaved themselves up, trailing 4-0, and scored on a Wilson Betemit homer in the seventh and a Nomar Garciaparra single in the eighth, but with the bases loaded, Manager Grady Little cancelled Jeff Kent's afternoon off and sent him to the plate.
After falling behind 0-2, he was caught looking at a 3-2 curve to end the inning. And in the ninth, with two on, Olmedo Sanez bounced into a game-ending double play.
Betemit's solo shot, his fifth, in the seventh gave the Dodgers 28 home runs and in the National League, only St. Louis has fewer.
The lineup, a day game after a night game, saw Kent get part of the day off and when Rafael Furcal came up with a sore knee, Tony Abreu and Ramon Martinez took over the middle infield slots.
The Dodgers fielded a starting lineup that had only 16 home runs - or four more than Cubs' shortstop Aramis Ramirez, whom they attempted to sign as a free agent from Chicago over the winter.
Seven of the Dodgers' 14 current position players have no Major League homers this year, and Nomar Garciaparra has only one after tying for the club lead last year with 20. Garciaparra has gone 136 at-bats without hitting one out of the park.
It took the Dodgers six consecutive singles and a walk to come from behind Friday night to win 9-8. And in the eighth and ninth, they collected five singles and a walk, but scored just once.
The Cubs tacked starter Mark Hendrickson (2-2) early. Ramirez and Mark DeRosa hit back-to-back solo homers in the second, and the Cubs added two more runs in the fourth on a double and three singles as the 6-9 lefty lost his second decision in a row.
It was the first time this season that the Cubs have hit consecutive homers and the first time Dodgers' pitching has surrendered back-to-back homers.
But then Hendrickson has received less run support than any pitcher on the staff over the 2006 and 2007 seasons (3.35 per game), in fact the less in the majors this season. Couple that with the face he has allowed six home runs and has a 6.55 ERA over his last four starts doesn't help.
Zambrano improved to 5-4 and fanned a season-high eight, walking one, that coming in the eighth. He was threatened once until the eighth, when Juan Pierre and Tony Abreu singled to lead off the fourth, but Garciaparra, Russell Martin and Luis Gonzalez left them standing.
Furcal said his right knee tightened up in the late innings of Friday night's 9-8 comeback victory, the same knee that was operated on early last year after he signed a three-year, $39 million contract.
"The last three innings I started to feel it a little bit, and I sat down after an inning and when I got up, I felt it and, 'Oh, what's going on?' " he told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "I didn't feel 100 percent, I was limping and they didn't want to take a chance it would be longer. I came to the park today and in my mind I want to play. I think I'll be OK tomorrow. I took a lot of treatment today."
In the Pollyanna department, the good news was that Chad Billingsley followed Hendrickson with three scoreless innings, allowing only one infield single with three strikeouts and kept his name of Little clipboard as a possible fifth starter.
Brett Tomko made his first relief appearance since being dropped from the rotation earlier in the week and pitched a perfect ninth inning.
In a rare second day game in a row, and the final against the Cubs, Randy Wolf (6-3, 3.75) opposes Rich Hill (4-4, 3.37).
Score by innings Chicago 020 200 000-4 Los Angeles 000 000 110-2 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre cf 4 0 2 0 .279 Abreu 2b 4 0 1 0 .273 Garciaparra 1b 4 0 1 1 .293 LaRoche rf 0 0 0 0 .206 Martin c 3 0 0 0 .315 Gonzalez lf 3 0 1 0 .276 Kent ph 1 0 0 0 .293 Tomko p 0 0 0 0 .000 Betemit 3b 4 1 1 1 .190 Ethier rf 4 0 2 0 .277 Martinez ss 3 0 0 0 .161 Liebenthal ph 1 0 1 0 .250 Hendrickson p 1 0 0 0 .000 Clark ph 1 0 0 0 .250 Billingsley p 0 0 0 0 .000 Saenz ph-1b 2 1 1 0 .244 Totals 35 2 10 2 Chicago 35 4 10 4 2B- Ethier (8). HR- Betemit (5). RBI- Betemit (15), Garciaparra (28). LOB- Dodgers- 8, Chicago 5. DP- Martinez. Abreu and Garciaparra, Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Hendrickson (2-2) 5.0 9 4-4 4 2 3.62 Billingsley 3.0 1 0-0 0 3 4.15 Tomko 1.0 0 0-0 0 1 6.14 WP- Hendrickson. T_ 2:33. Att- 48,243.Dodger Blue Notes-- Olmedo Saenz had pinch-hit single in the eighth inning for the second consecutive game and now has 41 pinch-hits in a Dodger uniform. Saenz is in sole possession of seventh place on the franchise list, two behind Duke Snider and Mitch Webster. ...Three quarters of the Dodger infield were from the Dominican Republic, as Wilson Betemit, Rafael Furcal and Tony Abreu drew the start. ...The Dodgers have stolen 39 bases this season, tying them with Philadelphia for second in the National League behind the Mets (54). Los Angeles finished second in the league last year in stolen bases with 128. The Dodgers have not led the league in steals since 1970 when they had 138. ...Furcal, who took the day off to rest his aching knee, has had 25 hits in his last 50 at-bats (.500). Furcal also has a Dodger season-high 12-game hitting streak and is batting .408 (31-for-76) over his last 18 contests, raising his average from .214 to .302 in the last 12 days. Since joining the Dodgers last year, Furcal has been a slow starter, recording a .200 average with five extra-base hits and seven RBI in April, compared to a .343 mark (71-for-207) with 15 extra-base hits and 23 RBI in May. ...With Monday off, the Dodgers span the U.S. with series in Washington (3), Pittsburgh (4) and San Diego (3). ...Marlon Anderson, who was to be sidelined two months after elbow surgery, is already throwing hard and taking batting practice in the cage. ...Dodgers LF Luis Gonzalez singled in the second for his 2,416th hit, moving him past Mickey Mantle into 100th on the career list. ...The Dodgers have signed switch-hitting catcher Griff Erickson, the team's 2006 15th-round draft pick who was a draft-and-follow player out of San Diego Mesa College.